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A definition of hosting

The most standard and universally utilized kind of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It's a means to host your web page without having to understand much about programming and handling a hosting server. Furthermore, it's also the cheapest type of web space hosting and it's in fact affordable for anybody. Nonetheless, what is shared site hosting?

What is shared site hosting?

As the name suggests, the shared website hosting service is a sort of service where multiple customers share the reserves of the same server. This means that all server elements like CPU, hard disks, RAM, network cards and so on, are shared among the clients whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is mostly made attainable by setting up different accounts for the separate customers and imposing some limits and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are set in order to restrain the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overburdening. Typically, shared web hosting clients do not have complete root access to the web hosting server's config files, which essentially denotes that they cannot access anything else on the web server but their own shared web hosting account. The web space hosting features that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting provider that possesses the server and by the respective website hosting plan. That brings on the second important question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the customers?

Hosting suppliers that deliver shared website hosting plans usually have various web site hosting packages. Those packages include diverse quotas of hosting resources and specs, which in fact fix the limitations that a web site hosting plan will have. The customer may pick between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The web hosting package will then determine what limits the client's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the features of the web space hosting packages are set by the given hosting company. Based on the policy of the company, the shared web hosting service can be divided into 2 groups - the free hosting solution and the classic shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" vendors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to assert, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they actually are subject to the marketing policy of the specific vendor and, of course, the demands of the specific user.

What is the distinction between the free of charge and the popular shared web site hosting service?

Of course, the main difference between the free and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they include. Free web site hosting providers are not able to keep an immense number of servers, hence, they just host more users on one web hosting server by reducing the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the servers are supervised and administered properly, since the immense number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash again and again. Most of the free website hosting distributors, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite tough to find a free of charge site hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting providers normally provide free client support even to the free website hosting customers, because they want their web portals to get bigger so that they eventually migrate to a paid web hosting package, which offers more website hosting features. Such firm, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free hosting corporations worldwide.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting distributors such as HostAWeb, for example, may afford to keep many web servers and as a result, they are able to offer much more feature-rich web space hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting plan, however, does not necessarily mean that this account has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the actual service which you're obtaining. The top-notch website hosting vendors that have been around for a long time are presenting their prices and plan specs in an objective manner, so that the customer may familiar with what exactly he is obtaining. Moreover, some of these provide a free extra with the site hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free-of-charge web page layouts that are supplied by 'HostAWeb'. Such web site hosting vendors do look after their good name and this is the reason why if you choose them, you can rest certain that you won't get swindled into paying for a plan that you cannot in fact use.

What should I anticipate from a shared webspace hosting solution?

The shared website hosting solution is best for individuals who want to host a basic site, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared web page hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business enlarges, your web portal will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more feature-rich webspace hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when picking a web hosting distributor, you should also ponder about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up moving your domain name manually to a different provider, which can bring about website troubles and even continuous downtime for your web page. Therefore, selecting a website hosting company such as 'HostAWeb', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will spare you a lot of hassles in the long run.